Can you feel the earth moving under your feet? This is a tectonic shift in American politics. I've never been prouder to be a Wisconsinite or an American. Today I can truly say that I am one in a million. Wisconsin, you are showing the world what democracy looks like.
Because it's just not possible to go over the numbers too often, here they are:
Population of Wisconsin: 5,686,986John Nichols sums up the huge significance of this mammoth achievement:
Number of adults in WI: 4,344,857
Number of voters in gubernatorial election in WI: 2,158,723
Number who voted for Walker in that election: 1,128,159
Number of signatures needed for recall election: 539,681
Number of signatures turned in for recall election: 1,000,000
Sources: US Census, JSOnline, and my dear friend the Duck
No other gubernatorial recall drive in American history has gathered the signatures of so large a proportion of the electorate. The total number of signatures submitted Tuesday represents 46 percent of the turnout in the 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election. That compares with 23.4 percent that signed the petitions that initiated the successful recall of California Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and 31.8 percent that signed petitions to recall North Dakota Governor Lynn Frazier in 1921.Yep. This is really big. And the best news of all? We're only just getting started. You ain't seen nothin' yet!
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